|Anyone else think Liggett wanted Ullrich to win?||Fignons_ponytail|
Jul 27, 2003 3:11 AM
|He truly seemed disappointed that Lance was holding steady. Then when Ullrich took a slider, there just didn't seem to be the usual Liggett reaction. Wonder if Lance snubbed him in interviews or something this year, or if Phil likes Ullrich's comeback story.|
|"The human drama of athletic competition...."||BrianNYC|
Jul 27, 2003 4:07 AM
|Me thinks it was just hype - although even if you are a fan of LA or TH, it is hard not to like Ullrich as a competitot and his Behind the Muic-esque comeback story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both P & P's commentary and am happy that OLN gives the tour the attention a great sporting event deserves (Sam Posey, the poor man's George Plimpton aside), but TV is a business and the closer the race to the finish line in Paris, the better the story, the more exciting the story, and the better for OLN. I find it hard to believe that ALL of the experts (at least what I heard) thought that LA would bonk again in a time trial after his form in the Pyrenees (Sp.?) - that LA would not at least match or beat Ullrich. None of them said they thought it would be a wash or an outright LA victory - kinda of odd I think. Would you bet against someone with LA's mindset and history? I wouldn't, I would bet on it. Even Roll wouldn't make a prognostication.
Think of how they hyped the "6 seconds in the first kilometer and a half" stuff in a very long time trial. It is all about creating drama, whether it exists or not, during every stage and all the way to the finish.
I give them credit though for even having the balls to call a grand tour, since the fortunes of the riders change so relatively quickly in a stage, let alone over the course of three weeks.